John 1:19, reads as follows, “For the law [the 10 Commandments] was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Notice grace and truth are on the side of Jesus Christ while the law is on the side of Moses. The Scriptures make it very clear that God’s Grace cannot be separated from Jesus Christ. Actually, one could say that they are one in the same.
With the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s Grace was unleashed. Therefore Grace is not just a subject or a teaching or a message in God’s Word the Bible, it is the person of Jesus Christ. Take a look at Romans 6:14, here we see that when we became believers, God placed us under His Grace; sin has no more dominion over us! On the other hand, if we insist on keeping ourselves under the law [meaning the 10 Commandments, which we all have failed to live by], sin therefore prevails because the law is the strength [the power] of sin according to 1 Corinthians 15:56.
The law was never meant to justify or make one righteous in God’s sight which we read about in Romans 3:20-25,“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.(21) But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed by the law and the prophets;(22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference; (23) For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God: (24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation[a full payment] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God;”
When we believe on Jesus Christ, surrendering our lordship to him, making him the Lord of our lives, believing we have the forgiveness of all our sins, past, present and future, by his blood, we become the Righteousness of God in Christ by his Grace, which is His Undeserved, Unmerited and Unearned Favor toward us!
The above verses and statement describe what the Finished Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross accomplished and has made available to us as His Church.
God’s Grace is bigger, deeper, wider and more powerful than all the world’s sins put together. Sin is something you do. Guilt is something you feel. Shame, Disappointment or Humiliation are things you carry. Condemnation, whether it is condemning yourself or receiving the condemnation from others, counts you out, it disqualifies, making you unfit for use like a condemned house.
Can you NOW see how powerful living with a consciousness of Jesus’ forgiveness can be?
2 Peter 1:9 says, “But he that lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off…” Lacketh what things? The things in the previous verses, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindliness, and finally charity [love].Verse 9 goes on to give us the reason one lacks these things and is blind which is that he has “forgotten that he was purged [forgiven and cleansed] from his old sins.” But on the other hand, if one is continually conscious of God’s forgiveness, the way is made clear for these things to be in you and abound, “neither will you be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Knowing what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross when He said, “it is finished” the offering of the one perfect sacrifice for sins forever was completed! Then God our Father says, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more! Hebrews 10:12, 17. I have asked this question before and it bears repeating, if God All Mighty remembers our sins no more, why should we? Oh how I wish people could simply read what is written!
There’s an old long standing traditional belief among some if not most Christians that when one dies and goes to Heaven he or she will enter a special room with the Largest Big Screen Television ever made and everybody will be able to see every bad thought and every bad action that they lived displayed on this screen and then have to give an account to God for them. How stupid and how wrong and devilish this teaching is, because we just read that once we get saved, all our sins are remembered by God No MORE!
Sin therefore has no dominion over your life when you are under grace. Sin cannot take root in your life when you are established in God’s Forgiveness. Receiving His Forgiveness and Gift of Righteousness puts you in a Cycle of victory over sin, whereas those who receive condemnation for every wrong thought in their mind enter a never-ending cycle of defeat. Do you see the difference?
In conclusion; think about this, out of all the things that Jesus could have left behind when he went to prepare a place for us, he left his Peace.
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I can’t think of anything better than having Jesus’ Peace! This Peace has free rule in our lives when we know how Completely Forgiven we are and how Perfectly Righteous in Christ God made us by His Grace! God’s Grace is Greater than our Sin!
God Bless You All, Peter Larocque